Iran English language newspaper headlines on Wednesday, 23-01-2013

NewspaperTehran Times

Iran prepares bill to assist low-income families

The Iranian parliament (Majlis) and the administration of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have drafted a bill to establish a program to support low-income families and provide them with staple foods.

Ahmadinejad unveils construction projects in West Iran

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad unveiled a number of construction projects during his visit to the western city of Hamedan, the provincial capital, on Tuesday.

UN: Global unemployment set to swell by millions despite growth

Global unemployment rose by four million people last year to a total of 197 million, and another five million people are expected to raise the total to 202 million this year, the International Labour Organization said on Tuesday.

Malaysian leader visits Gaza in boost to Hamas

Malaysia’s prime minister defied Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip to visit the Palestinian enclave on Tuesday, part of a diplomatic push by Gaza’s Islamist rulers that is irritating their secular rivals in the West Bank.

Pakistan’s release of Taliban prisoners politically motivated: Afghan MP

Afghan MP Hafiz Mansour says that Islamabad’s decision to release a number of Afghan Taliban prisoners is politically motivated and could even damage the peace process in neighboring Afghanistan.

Demos held ahead of anniversary of Bahrain revolution

Bahraini protesters have held demonstrations in defiance of a government ban on such protests as the second anniversary of the anti-government uprising in the country draws closer.

Rights groups: Attacks on Somalis in Kenya rising

Human rights activists say Somalis in Kenya are facing increased attacks from gangs and harassment from the police since the government issued an order that all Somali refugees should return to a camp.

Indonesia sentences UK woman to death over drugs

An Indonesian court sentenced a British grandmother to death on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine worth $2.5 million in her suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.

Kuwaitis protest against French war in Mali

Kuwaitis have held a demonstration outside the French embassy in Kuwait City to protest against the French war in Mali.

MPs seeking to impeach labor minister over failure to dismiss Mortazavi

A number of MPs are seeking to impeach Cooperatives, Labor, and Social Welfare Minister Abdolreza Sheikholeslami over his failure to remove former Tehran prosecutor general Saeed Mortazavi from his post as the director of the Social Security Organization.

Sudan calls for expansion of ties with Iran

Sudan’s Vice President Ali Osman Taha has called for the expansion of economic, political, and cultural relations between Tehran and Khartoum, saying that Sudan welcomes Iranian investors.

‘Economy, foreign policy will be next president’s tough challenges’

An Expediency Council member says the next president will face many serious challenges including tackling a turbulent economy and regulating foreign policy.

Judiciary official criticizes West for using human rights issue as a tool

Head of Iran’s Supreme Court Ayatollah Ahmad Mohseni Gorgani said the West is making an instrumental use of human rights and is, thus, not qualified to judge the human rights issues of other world countries.

Iran Daily

No One Cares AboutWest Oil Ban

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad underlined on Tuesday that the people in Iran do not care about the sanctions imposed by the western states on the country’s oil sector since they have many other resources and talents to meet their financial needs.

Car Bombs In Iraq Kill 17

A string of car bomb attacks in and around Baghdad killed 17 people and wounded dozens on Tuesday, deepening fears of an increase in violence as sectarian tensions simmer in Iraq.

Significant RiseIn UK Suicides

The number of people taking their own life in the UK rose “significantly” in 2011, latest figures from the Office for National Statistics have shown.

Tehran, Ankara Convergence on Syria Vital

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani said Iran and Turkey should converge their views on Syria since they can play an effective role in resolving regional issues.

Iran to Produce Hi-Tech Space Suits

Iran’s Aerospace Research Institute says the country plans to acquire the know-how to design and manufacture hi-tech space suits within the next eight years.

Match-Fixing Football’s Biggest Threat

UEFA president Michel Platini says match-fixing is the biggest threat to the future of football.  He also praised AC Milan’s Kevin-Prince Boateng for walking off the pitch in protest against racist abuse, BBC wrote.

UK to Consider Greater Support for Mali Operation

The UK government is to discuss offering more help to French forces fighting rebels in Mali.  Two military aircraft have already been lent and David Cameron has said there could be further assistance with transport and surveillance.

Speaker: Muslims Should Close Ranks

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has called on Muslim states to close ranks to establish a power pole in the world.

Call for Stronger Tehran-Moscow Anti-Narcotic Efforts

Police Chief Brigadier General Esmaeil Ahmadi Moqaddam underlined the need to expand cooperation between Iran and Russia in the campaign against drug-trafficking as a common threat endangering societies in both countries.

Foreign Ministry Condemns AlgeriaDeadly Hostage-Taking

Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast has condemned the deadly hostage-taking incident by a group of fighters in a natural gas facility in eastern Algeria.

No Country Willing to Shelter MKO Terrorists

No country in the world accepts to provide shelter to members of the anti-Iran terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), Iraqi Deputy Foreign Minister Labid Al-Abawi said on Monday.